Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Pies & Tarts Quilt.

I have a quilt mentor. I met her when I took my first REAL quilting class. My previous "inventions" were merely random squares that were sewn together with the help of a sewing machine before I met her. Her influence was great and she is TRULY an amazing woman who to this day never ceases to amaze me.
Picture 123

However.. I was trained and that constant voice of " I don't do that "H" word " got installed into my brain.

The H word of course being HAND.. to sew by HAND.. nothing was sewn by hand. Only boring people who had nothing better to do sewed by hand.

Flash forward to last summer at a local quilt show.. I found myself gazing at a queen sized quilt... sewn by hand. I sat there.. speechless. Almost jealous.

Wait a sec did I say jealous?

But yes.. there I was..drooling.. envious...

My boss came home from the Houston Quilt show last September... with her she brought several patterns from BusyFingers Patchwork... I turned the pattern over.. english paper piecing...and with that.. I fell in love.

I've met a few people who have no time and patience for this. They have started.. and stopped. But me.. I am in love.. I am about 1/6 of my projected 122 blocks along. I'm already planning on purchasing a wool batting..I'm scouring the internet to see how others have quilted theirs.. If Pies & Tarts quilts had calories.. I would be morbidly obese.

I can't stop thinking about them.. collecting for them..sigh.... aren't they the cutest?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?


  1. I LOVE the pink and blue circle (pie?) with the cupcakes and strawberries. So cute!

  2. Wow, this is beautiful, you must have a lot of patience. Nice meeting you at the shop today...your blog looks great.

  3. Lydia I'm totally in love.. almost as much as I was with your quilt. That pie you're talking about I think might MIGHT be my favorite.

    Mari. Love to meet you too!! I'm following you too now! :)

  4. You've used 30s fabrics, batiks, conversation prints, and you even have some yellow sashiko fabric....and it all looks just great together. You have made me want to just stitch a couple of pies. I'm not sure how you EPP those pieces. Do you sew through the paper? When I EPP hexagons I just sew the fabric at the corners. Either way it is going to be a great quilt. Thanks for sharing all of the photos.

  5. Hi Luann,

    I literally grab just a few threads at a time. I avoid hitting the paper as much as possible and make small stitches close together.

    I use glue when I do the paper piecing. It saves me like a million hours of basting.